Health and social care underspend

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership HSCP

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Argyll and Bute’s health and social care watchdog has ended the financial year more than £1 million in the black – despite a forecast underspend being almost halved.

A report has revealed that the area’s health and social care partnership (HSCP) finished the 2020/21 financial year with an underspend of £1.089 million.

In a report at the end of March, the figure was forecast to be £2.016 million due to staffing matters.

Nonetheless, health services, which are provided by NHS Highland, ended the year with an underspend of £906,000.

Social work services, which are provided by Argyll and Bute Council, also had an underspend for the year of £183,000.

Head of finance and transformation Judy Orr said: ‘The improvement (in social work) is mainly on older people. Underspends are mainly due to high levels of vacancies.

‘The overspends are mainly on learning disability joint residential and supported living, and physical disability residential and supported living arising due to service demand and a failure to deliver planned savings.

‘However, the undelivered savings have been covered by support from the Scottish Government, as has loss of income.’